Best dumb phones 2023: Why are they trending?

Onur Demirkol
Jun 23, 2023

On a worldwide level, dumb phones may be out of style, but in the United States, things are very different. Today, we will explain why they are trending and also give you a brief list of the best dumb phones that you can try if you are interested!

Millions of mobile devices comparable to those used in the early 2000s are being sold by companies like HMD Global, the manufacturer of Nokia phones. This includes so-called "feature phones"—classic flip- or slide-style phones with extra functions like GPS or a hotspot.

HMD Global saw an increase in feature flip phone sales in the U.S. in 2022, with tens of thousands of units sold per month. Meanwhile, the firm reported a decline in feature phone sales around the globe for HMD.

Best dumb phones
Best dumb phones

Best dumb phones: What are they and why are they trending?

Dumb phones, which are often flip phones, offer a simpler and less addicting user experience than their smartphone equivalents due to their constrained feature sets. Our psychological health has been shown to suffer as a result of prolonged scrolling. Numerous studies have suggested a link between the development of ADHD symptoms, melancholy, anxiety, sleep loss, and constant scrolling.

The millennial generation, which was once youthful, is now aging, and in recent years, nostalgia has captured their hearts in popular culture.

In contrast, the generation known as Gen Z, which grew up in front of screens, seems to be attracted by a history they were not able to experience. For instance, video games with pixelated visuals and straightforward gameplay that are retro-inspired are once again gaining a loyal audience.

So, what are the best dumb phones? Let's take a closer look at them!

Related: 50 years of cell phones: The story of our digital revolution

Best dumb phones of 2023

A dumb phone could be of interest to you if you're seeking for a basic phone that can make calls, send messages, and operate for days on a single battery. Simple phones without internet connectivity, social networking applications, or other advanced capabilities are referred to as dumb phones. In addition, they are less obtrusive and more robust than smartphones.

What are the best dumb phones, though, should you get in 2023? There are numerous choices, but not all of them are worthwhile investing in. Here are a couple of them:

Related: Here are the most popular iPhones of 2023 Q1

Nokia 2760 flip phone

Everyone may recall the era when Nokia dominated the mobile industry. It was the appropriate move, from indestructible blocks to brightly colored gadgets. The Nokia 2760 Flip is now available to try to rekindle some of that enthusiasm.

It has a 5MP camera, 4G capability, and access to some of the most well-liked apps. On the 2.8-inch internal display, you can access YouTube, WhatsApp, and Google Maps immediately. The inexpensive Nokia 2760 Flip phone is offered through Straight Talk and Tracfone in the USA.

Best dumb phones
Nokia 2760

Easyfone Prime A6

This is a good option if you're searching for a straightforward candy-bar phone that is specifically made for older users. Even the T3 text messaging fonts are large enough to avoid squinting, as are the lighted keypad.

Should they desire, the phone may also pronounce each button push to comfort consumers. With a 1050mAh battery, battery life is just mediocre, but on the positive side, there is a docking station that resembles a cradle that the phone can be placed in to replace a standard landline.

Best dumb phones
Easyfone Prime A6

Nokia 225 4G

To appeal to the nostalgia market, Nokia has brought back a number of previous models, but the 225 is a simple candy-bar phone that prioritizes price and usability over other factors. Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls are compatible with 4G; however, be careful because, like every other phone, a 1150mAh battery lasts less time on 4G than 2G (which the phone also supports when available).

On the bright side, if you opt to use a Battery Saving Mode, it will provide the longest standby time possible.

Best dumb phones
Nokia 225 4G

Doro 7010 Dual Sim

Despite being targeted towards the elderly, this phone supports Facebook and WhatsApp, which many seniors now use. Even though it has physical keys, they are not the largest. Therefore, it is perhaps more suited for younger users than certain handsets for the elderly.

Although we wouldn't want to play the newest games on it, the apps should operate just fine with 512MB of RAM and a 1.1GHz CPU.

Best dumb phones
Doro 7010 Dual Sim

Nokia 6300

The Nokia 6300 falls somewhere in between a smartphone and a very basic voice phone. It will thus be appropriate for someone who occasionally wants to use services like Whatsapp, Facebook, and YouTube but doesn't want to become engrossed in them the way you do with a current smartphone. It's also a smart decision if battery life is important to you because its 1,500mAh battery can power it for up to 25 days on standby and 7.5 hours of talk time.

Other features set this device apart from typical dumbphones. The most notable features are the huge 4G storage and the ability to utilize it as a mobile hotspot. By adding a microSD card, you can even boost it to 256GB.

Best dumb phones
Nokia 6300

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  1. Seeprime said on September 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Missing from the “story”: Ukraine’s agreement to never use Starlink for military purposes. This is why.

    Ghacks quality is AI driven and very poor these days since AI is really artificial stupidity.

    1. Karl said on September 12, 2023 at 9:10 pm

      “Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson forced to ‘clarify’ book’s account of Starlink incident in Ukraine War

      “To clarify on the Starlink issue: the Ukrainians THOUGHT coverage was enabled all the way to Crimea, but it was not. They asked Musk to enable it for their drone sub attack on the Russian fleet. Musk did not enable it, because he thought, probably correctly, that would cause a major war.”

      1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

        I posted above comment to:

        Not to the following article about Geforce where I currently also can see it published:

  2. Anonymous said on September 11, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Well, using Brave, I can see Llama 2 being decent, but it is still not great?
    All these AI stuff seems more like a ‘toy’ than anything special, I mean, it is good for some stuff like translations or asking quick questions but not for asking anything important.

    The problem is Brave made it mostly for summarizing websites and all that, but all these Big tech controlled stuff, won’t summarize articles it doesn’t agree with, so it is also useless in many situations where you just want it to give you a quick summarization, and then it starts throwing you little ‘speeches’ about how it doesn’t agree with it and then it never summarizes anything, but give you all the 30 paragraphs reasons why the article is wrong, like if I am asking it what it thinks.

    SO all this AI is mostly a toy, but Facebook with all the power they have will be able to get so much data from people, it can ‘train’ or better say, write algorithms that will get better with time.

    But It is not intelligence, it is really not intelligence all these AI technology.

  3. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
    Article URL: []

    The eternal problematic of regulating, here applied to AI. Should regulations (interventionism) have interfered in the course of mankind ever since Adam and Eve where would we be now? Should spirituality, morality, ethics never have interfered where would we be now? I truly have always believed that the only possible consensus between ethics and freedom is that of individuals’ own consciousness.

    Off-topic : Musk’s beard looks like a wound, AI-Human hand-shake is a quite nice pic :)

    1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Haha, oh dear, Tom.
      I thought that the comments system issue where comments shows up under a totally different article was fixed. But seeing your comment here, the “error” is clearly still active. Hopefully it is sorted as soon as possible.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 6:40 pm

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        Hi Karl :) Well, let’s remain positive and see the good sides : one’s comment appearing within different articles (the one it was written form and for, another unrelated one) brings ubiquity to that comment : say it once and it’s published twice, double your pleasure and double your fun (“with double-mint, double-mint gum” and old ad!). Let’s forget the complications and inherited misunderstandings it leads to. Not sure the fun is worth the complications though. Which is why, with a few others here, I include Article Title & URL with comment, to ease a bit the pain.

        This said, I’m trying to find a logic key which would explain the mic-mac. One thing is sure : comments appearing twice keep the same comment number.

        For instance my comment to which you replied just above is originally :


        It then got duplicated to :


        Same comment number, which let’s me imagine comments are defined by their number as before but now dissociated in a way from their full path : that’s where something is broken, as i see it.

        First amused me, then bothered, annoyed (I took some holidays to lower the pressure), then triggered curiosity.
        I’m putting our best detectives on the affair, stay tuned.

      2. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 8:58 am

        Hehe, yes indeed, staying positive is what we should do. Good comes for those who wait, as the old saying goes. Hopefully true for this as well.

        Interesting that the comments number stays the same, I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.

        Not useful for us, but hopefully for the developers (if there are any?), that perhaps will be able to sort this comments error out. Or our detectives, I hope they work hard on this as we speak ;).

        Cheers and have a great weekend!

      3. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

        Whoops, my bad. I just now realized that the error I saw in your example URL (error-code-0x0003) was part of the linked article title and generated by Geforce! Oh dear! Why did I try to make it more confusing than it already is lol!

        Original comment:


      4. Tom Hawack said on September 16, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        @Karl, you write,

        “I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.”

        I haven’t noticed that up to now but indeed brings an element to those who are actually trying to resolve the issue.
        I do hope that Softonic engineers are working on fixing this issue, which may be more complicated than we can imagine. Anything to do with databases can become a nightmare, especially when the database remains accessed while being repaired, so to say.

        P.S. My comment about remaining positive was, in this context, sarcastic. Your literal interpretation could mean you are, factually, more inclined to positiveness than I am myself : maybe a lesson of life for me :)

        Have a nice, happy, sunny weekend as well :)

      5. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 12:35 pm

        Correct: AI is certainly overhyped, it’s also advertised by some shady individuals. It’s can also be misused to write poor quality articles or fake your homework.

        16 September 2023, this website is still experiencing issues with posts erroneously appearing in the wrong threads. There are even duplicates of the exact same post ID within the same page in some places.

      6. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 8:41 pm

        Clerical error “[It] can also be misused …” you just can’t get the staff nowadays.

        Obviously [#comment-4573795] was originally posted within [/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]. However, it has appeared misplaced within several threads.

        Including the following:

  4. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    “How much radiation is dangerous?
    Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, is more energetic and potentially harmful. Exposure to doses greater than 1,000 millisieverts (mSv) in a short period can increase the risk of immediate health effects.
    Above about 100 mSv, the risk of long-term health effects, such as cancer, increases with the dose.”

    This ban is about NON-ionizing radiation limits, because there is too much radio wave power from the iphone. This has nothing to do with the much more dangerous ionizing radiations like X-rays, that are obviously not emitted at all by mobile phones. I invite you to correct your article.

  5. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    “ makes history as the first official UFO website”

    I wonder if it’s just smelly crowdsourcing for the spotting of chinese balloons or whatever paranoia they’re trying to instigate, or if they are also intentionally trying to look stupid enough to look for alien spaceships, for whatever reason. Maybe trying to look cute, instead of among the worst butchers of history ?

  6. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    “The tech titan’s defense”
    “Whether he provides a clear explanation or justifies his actions”
    “the moral compass”

    You take it for granted that this company should agree being a military communications provider on a war zone, and so directly so that his network would be used to control armed drones charged with explosives rushing to their targets.

    You don’t need to repeat here everything you read in the mainstream press without thinking twice about it. You’re not just pointing interestingly that his company is more involved in the war that one may think at first and that this power is worrying, you’re also declaring your own support for a side in an imperialist killfest, blaming him for not participating enough in the bloodshed.

    Now your article is unclear on how this company could be aware that its network is used for such military actions at a given time, which has implications of its own.

    Reading other sources on that quickly, it seems that the company was: explicitly asked ; to extend its network geographically ; for a military attack ; at a time when there was no war but with the purpose of triggering it, if I understood well. You have to be joking if you’re crying about that not happening at that time. But today you have your war, be happy.

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